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I’ve decided to dedicate nearly all of my writing time to this project. I’ve been working on this novel for over a year, but have not put all of the effort into it that I should. I’m now ready to make this book idea a reality. I have a diverse autism background in parenting, support, advocacy and education. This fictional story is a composite of many of the situations I’ve encountered, though I’ve thrown in elements of mystery, drama and murder that do not exist and are created strictly for artistic value.

I’ll be working on this book throughout the year, and expect to be able to send it out to agents and/or publishers by sometime in the fall. I’ll keep you posted on the progress, and would love for you to provide input, suggestions, comments or the occasional critique. That said, here is the synopsis for “What You Get.”

*** To most people, CeeCee is a perfect mom to two unique kids. Her beautiful daughter Skylar was a high school star athlete, and now attends Bay Path University on a full academic scholarship. Her adopted son David is a bright 11-year-old boy, but outsiders see that his autism is beginning to take its toll on CeeCee. Little are they aware that the troubles between David and his mom have been festering for years, and CeeCee now shamelessly admits that she hates David for being “damaged.” CeeCee shares with relatives that she feels adopting him was a mistake. Much to the alarm of friends, David’s mom complains, “You adopt a kid, and this is what you get.”

When David turns up missing, some residents of the shaken little Vermont town move in to comfort the distraught mother. Others easily and freely point fingers at CeeCee. Her once-perfect world comes crashing down when a neighbor find’s David’s body at the bottom of the village’s chilly waterfall. David’s mom insists that, though she and David were often at odds, she had nothing to do with her son’s death. Through the tragedy, a common theme stings the once-idyllic New England community: sometimes what you deserve is exactly what you get. ***